Out in the distance, on the other side of the river from New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island, smoke rises. I can only assume it’s an Indian fire. Odd lines, much like stone walls, I can only assume, are barely visible. Perhaps they are fire breaks made of stone…
Patches of forest and some open plains? Are there any other early drawings that show something like this?
And here's some early Vermonters not building stone but brush fences: